Discover. Experience. Explore

Discover a variety of course opportunities for high school students this summer with Northwestern Qatar. Our Summer pre-college programs invite you to immerse yourself in rigorous online or in-person course work and experience a unique global college culture led by Northwestern Qatar faculty and graduates. Upon completion of the course, students will earn a certificate of participation as well as an unforgettable experience.

Summer 2024

Virtual Program

AI Tools for Digital Media Design

  • July 7 – 11, 2024
  • Virtual Course (Zoom)
  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. AST
  • USD $135

In this hands-on course, students will explore cutting-edge AI tools for generating text, images, animations, and audio. They will learn how to harness the power of AI to enhance their creative process, develop unique content, and push the boundaries of digital media design. Through a series of engaging lectures, demonstrations, and practical projects, students will gain a solid foundation in AI-driven content creation and its potential to revolutionize various industries. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of AI-generated projects and a strong understanding of the ethical considerations surrounding AI in creative fields.

In-Person Pre-College Program

Experience NU-Q

  • August 11 - 15, 2024
  • Northwestern Qatar, Education City
  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. AST
  • USD $270

In this one week in-person pre-college program, rising juniors and seniors in high school are invited to apply to experience Northwestern Qatar’s majors of Communication and Journalism. The program will inspire students interested in pursuing a career in media through Northwestern’s unique educational blend of lecture-based classes and learning-by-doing at our state-of-the-art campus in Education City. 

Students will be required to choose one of the two programs below to pursue in the duration of the pre-college program:

StoryLens: Journalism, Photography, and Beyond

Instructed by Professor Miriam Berg 

Course Summary

This is an introductory course tailored for aspiring journalists. This immersive program will help you develop essential skills in audio and video production, mobile-device field production, still photography, and video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Throughout the course, you'll gain hands-on experience, collaborating with peers to craft compelling stories using the latest media tools. By mastering both the creative and technical aspects of multimedia production, you’ll be well-prepared to tell impactful stories through various digital formats.

The Elements of Film

Instructed by Professor Scott Curtis

Course Summary

Making a film (or television show or Instagram story or anything, really) is a series of decisions. Not all decisions weigh the same, of course, but the most important decisions that a media maker makes—if they want to make something interesting—concern this question: how will the visual and aural elements of the project support its themes and characters? How will this decision (about camera movement, for example) help me tell the story visually? 

This brief course will introduce you to the relationship between the four elements of the moving image—production design, cinematography, editing, and sound design—and their impact on character psychology or narrative themes. On our first day, the class will suggest and select a film. Then we will spend the week exploring the film, its elements, and its ideas. You will never watch movies the same way!